King Maker

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  • 2012
  • 1 Season
  • 3.5  (738)

King Maker is a TVB drama series that premiered on October 24th, 2005 and ran for a total of 29 episodes. This period drama takes place during the Ming dynasty in China and follows the story of a group of individuals who try to seize power and become the kingmaker.

The story begins with Zhu Zhanji (played by Benny Chan), the son of the Ming Emperor, returning from his travels. Upon his return, he finds out that his older brother, Zhu Qizhen, has been taken captive by Tatars and is being held for ransom. In the meantime, the emperor is ill, and his powerful eunuch, Liu Bingzhong (played by Wayne Lai), is taking advantage of the situation by trying to assert his dominance over the imperial court.

Against this backdrop, Zhu Zhanji befriends a group of individuals who share his goal of overthrowing the eunuchs and restoring power to the emperor. These individuals are Wang Zhi (played by Mak Cheung-ching), a talented and ruthless eunuch who seeks to become the kingmaker; Sun Ruowei (played by Florence Kwok), a former concubine of the emperor who wants to take revenge on Liu Bingzhong; and Zhu Gaoxu (played by Benz Hui), the emperor's younger brother who is envious of Zhu Zhanji's position.

As the story progresses, the group faces many obstacles and challenges as they try to gain power and influence. They must navigate through intricate political alliances, betrayals, and power struggles to achieve their ultimate goal. While some members of the group are more cunning and ruthless than others, they all share a common goal of taking down the eunuchs and becoming the kingmaker.

One of the standout performances in this series is Wayne Lai's portrayal of the character Liu Bingzhong. Liu is a shrewd and cunning eunuch who seeks to consolidate his power and control over the imperial court. Lai's performance is captivating as he depicts Liu's manipulative tactics and clever strategies. Mak Cheung-ching's performance as Wang Zhi is also noteworthy. Wang is a fierce and ambitious eunuch who wants to become the kingmaker at any cost. Mak's portrayal of Wang's ruthless and cunning nature is impressive and adds depth and nuance to the character.

Another notable aspect of King Maker is its attention to historical accuracy. The series provides a detailed and intricate portrayal of the political and social dynamics of the Ming dynasty. The sets, costumes, and overall production design are impressive and convey a sense of authenticity and realism to the audience.

Overall, King Maker is a well-crafted historical drama that delivers an engaging and captivating storyline filled with complex characters, intricate politics, and intense power struggles. The performances are strong, the production design is impressive, and the attention to historical accuracy is notable. This series is highly recommended for fans of historical dramas and those interested in Chinese history and culture.

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Episode 28
28. Episode 28
September 19, 2012
It's the series finale! Prince Shing performs a final blood test in front of the courtiers, and solidifies his ascension to the throne.
Episode 27
27. Episode 27
September 18, 2012
As Prince Shing is about to ascend the throne, the Empress is murdered by poison.
Episode 26
26. Episode 26
September 17, 2012
While Yu Ching escapes Tung Chiu's accusations, Sheung Hei get implicated in his place. Prince Shing finds out if he's really the Emperor's son or not.
Episode 25
25. Episode 25
September 14, 2012
Pang Kwok Chu attacks the Empress and Prince Shing during their visit to a monastery, setting off rumors that Prince Shing is not the Emperor's son.
Episode 24
24. Episode 24
September 13, 2012
Sam Leung's life is in danger after she takes the blame for all the treason charges. Jing's pregnancy becomes a subject of suspicion.
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
September 12, 2012
Jin attacks Sung's border, and someone issues a bounty for the infamous traitor, Chow Man Hei.
Episode 22
22. Episode 22
September 11, 2012
Consort Tak's increasing jealousy causes her to resort to unorthodox actions. Yu Ching reunites with his younger brother.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
September 10, 2012
Yu Ching reunites with his sister, but Tung Chiu, thinking that Yu Ching is out to bring him down, makes the first move.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
September 7, 2012
The Waterway Gang chooses a new chief. Yu Ching finds out who his sister is.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
September 6, 2012
The Emperor holds court to find out the truth behind the assasination.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
September 5, 2012
Chief Fan's true identity is revealed as he put his plot to kill the Emperor into motion.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
September 4, 2012
While working on the renovation of the Hexagon Tower, Prince Shing and the laborers find a divine stone in a well.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
September 3, 2012
Prince Wo's attempt to undermine Pring Shing backfires, and Yu Ching realizes how ruthless Tung Chiu is.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
August 31, 2012
Prince Shing is put in charge of delivering rice to disaster victims. He asks for the Waterway Gang's help.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
August 30, 2012
The three princes present their oration in the Imperial Court on Tribute to Heaven Day.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
August 29, 2012
Consort Wai finds out about Prince Shing's true condition. To get rid of him and the Empress, she accuses her of practicing voodoo.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
August 28, 2012
Yu Ching become Prince Shing's Reader-in-waiting again and learns to trust Tung Chiu. Yu Kiu returns to her maiden home.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
August 27, 2012
Sam Leung confronts Chung Pong about his embezzlement. Yu Kiu and Yu Ching prepare to leave Linan together.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
August 24, 2012
Yu Ching turns down an office position from the Emperor and sets his mind to leave Linan. Hung Ying develops feelings for him.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
August 23, 2012
Chief Fan returns to Linan. Yu Ching devises a plan to deliver Prince Ching to the Empress.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
August 22, 2012
Hung Ying captures Prince Shing, but is quickly found out by Yu Ching. Words of Prince Shing's whereabouts travel to Captain Tung's ears.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
August 21, 2012
Yu Ching and Yeung Chun pays the damage they caused in Riverview Inn with free labor, while Yim Sam Leung looks for Yu Ching's siblings.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
August 20, 2012
Yu Ching comes home to Linan and finds everything changed. Discouraged, he seeks to find his missing siblings instead.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
August 17, 2012
Prince Wo is made Crown Prince. Yu Ching learns that his siblings went missing, and attempts to escape Yazhou prison.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
August 16, 2012
Yu Ching is sent to a prison in Yazhou. Having beaten down their enemies, Consort Wai recruits an unlikely ally to make her son the new Crown Prince.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
August 15, 2012
Just as the peace talk wraps up, the Crown Prince of Jin is assassinated, leading to Prince Shing's imprisonment.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
August 14, 2012
Yu Ching realizes Yeung Chi Shan's wickedness, and is offered a choice. He must lie and frame Prince Shing for the fire, or his family will die.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
August 13, 2012
Son of an exiled imperial tutor, Yu Ching allies with Yeung Chi Shan to seek revenge for his father against Tung Chiu, his father's traitorous pupil.
  • Premiere Date
    August 13, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    3.5  (738)